In the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries a profound change swept across England. The rapid advance of technology increased industrial productivity to a level previously unimaginable. To support this new technology, people flocked from the countryside into the cities to take jobs in the factories. The movement caused a great deal of social unrest as technology replaced many of the "old ways", and the populations of cities swelled far beyond the ability of the government to provide adequate housing and services. Discover more about the lives of those who lived in one of the greatest periods of social change in the history of Britain.
Table of Contents
Preface Introduction Family Life Home and Neighborhood Work Food and Drink Shopping and Style Transport Entertainment Education and Social Service Health Places to Visit Index
"This is a short but sweet account of the social history of the industrial revolution. It explains how the rapid advance in technology of the late 18th and early 19th centuries shaped Britain’s cities and the countryside and how it caused dramatic changes in people’s lives. It is a well-written and accessible introduction for those with little or no previous knowledge. The book also has many illustrations and a useful list of places to visit at the back." --Sue Wingrove, BBC History